Seventeen senior volunteers at Sound Shore Medical Center were lauded for their service Tuesday, when Mayor Noam Bramson visited them for the first annual Mayors’ Day of Recognition for National Service.
“During this time of fiscal constraint, volunteers are a tremendous resource, joining us on the front lines as we face challenges citywide,” Bramson said.
Medical Center President John Spicer also praised the seniors.
The RSVP Volunteers honored were Betsy Bern, Winifred Burch, Lillian Brynin, Augustina Corbo, Anita DeSanctis, Viola Dierks, Willie Mae Gunther, MaryAnn Guthrie, Eunice Kaplan, Jane Keefer, James Magee, Eva May, Rosemary Parandelis, Mary Jane Reddington, Esther Remusat, Dolores Shutts, Girlie Simpson.
Together, they have contributed more than 77,000 hours of service – the equivalent of almost 9 years straight – according to the medical center.
“Our communities are fortunate to have individuals like you, who are committed to volunteerism,” Spicer told the volunteers. “We are grateful to all our volunteers and join Mayor Bramson in highlighting the efforts of you, our Senior Corps members. Giving of your time and expertise makes the Medical Center a friendlier, caring and comforting place for patients, staff and visitors, alike.” Spicer concluded, “I want to thank you, personally, for all you do.”
The volunteers are members of the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program. The RSVP of Westchester volunteers at Sound Shore Medical Center are part of the larger AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members serving in New Rochelle.
“Last year, 850 RSVP of Westchester members throughout the County gave more than 93,000 hours of service valued at $2.5 million,” said Alisa H. Kesten, Executive Director of The Volunteer Center. “We are grateful for local program volunteers such as these from Sound Shore Medical Center who offer their wonderful, caring ways to make our communities stronger.”
The United States Conference of Mayors and the Corporation for National and Community Service established the Day to highlight senior service, show support for nonprofit and national service groups and inspire residents to serve in their communities.